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Stratiomys longicornis

Stratiomys longicornis
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 100 Macro & Kenko tube
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dipterans (except Hover flies) of Europe-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-12 6:40
Viewed: 3424
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Unknown guests at our house:

This is NOT a bumblebee as all signs let me think first. I got suspicious only when I noticed the halters (small, whitish, below the wings). It's a 13 mm Longhorn soldierfly (Diptera; Stratiomyidae; Stratiomys longicornis; Langhorn-Waffenfliege). In the yard it goes for nectar on the freely growing Aegopodium podagria.

Soldierflies occur near open water where they deposit their eggs. The species occurs widely from Northern Africa to Southern Scandinavia.

ID: the 50 or so stratomyid species in Central Europe are recognized by a small hexagonal field in the wing near the front edge. The species presented here has long black antennae (first segment 4x the length of the second) and two white dots at the occiput (barely seen here). And look at the eyes! Lit.: F. Sauer, 2001. Fliegen und Mücken. Fauna Verlag Karlsfield D.

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To alikox: Not a beemeyerd 1 06-12 23:18
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Hi Dietrich,
Very nice capture of a bee, unknown to me so far. Sharpness and OOF background are definitive plus. Eye pattern is very interesting.
Best regards,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-12 14:22]

Hi Dietrich,

A nice capture of your rare visitor,good pov,with great colors,good sharpness,dof and details,well done and tfs


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-12 15:06]

Hola Dietrich, excelente macro, con muy buena definición, luz y color. Un saludo

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